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Nov.2/12

I'm putting the date because this is some kind of record for me - second entry in less than a month!  Now I better think of something to talk about. 
I got my cartoons out today as well so it's been a pretty productive morning. By the way if you're reading this and want to get some cartoons in your emailbox every once in awhile just write and I'll put you on the list. I manage to get them out every couple of months so you certainly don't need to worry about being inundated with them.
Halloween has come and gone and with it some prospects on books I thought might happen.  Some still in the works, some I'll have to move on to another publisher. If you're excited enough about a project it keeps you motivated. 
I could write a whole chapter on motivation - as a freelancer you're always up against that when you're between jobs.  You have to have a pretty big store of it yourself and, almost as helpful, you can rely on other writer and artist friends to keep you on track - either through optimistic thoughts or just plain griping about how tough things are.  And on that cheery note, back to work drawing a series of maps (doing a very cool job about native settlements in B.C.)

Posted on 02 Nov 2012 03:15 -  Category: update
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Back from Berlin

Well once again I'm amazed how long it's been since I last wrote. But I guess that's a pattern.  Back home after an amazing 3 months in Berlin. The city is incredible and I hit it at just the right time.  I spent time with two people I love so that was perfect.  Tons of bike riding around the city. It's so great because it's set up for cyclists with separated bike lanes (more bike lanes in Vancouver!) Guess it helps that the city is flat too so it's pretty easy riding.
I happened to be there for Berlin Art Week which was incredible - tons of spaces opened up all around town with the whole range of art to see (from crappiest to brilliant - and that's what makes it fun.)
A book I had finished before going came out - Over at the Rink. Looks like it's doing quite well. I also just found out that my book Follow that Map is now out in Polish and was recently sold to China so I'm looking forward to that translation.
Guess that's it for now. Summer is carrying on here and it's beautiful outside so off I go for a bike ride.

Posted on 07 Oct 2012 02:12 -  Category: update
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Sock Monkey Out

My very first Sock Monkey book is coming out soon. Check out http://tinyurl.com/cqzof2l to seeHave to love the Sock Monkeys.

Posted on 27 May 2012 01:48 -  Category: update
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Sock Monkeys and Bologna

I guess I've been busy, can't believe how long it's been since I last wrote here. An enormous project (a book called 'How' with OwlKids) took up most of last year. It was quite an undertaking (over 95 spreads) so I'm looking forward to the release of that.
Right now I'm working on a book on Sock Monkeys, which impresses some people no end. It's great to be working with Adams Media again. I have to say it's a lot of fun. Who knew everybody loved Sock Monkeys so much. I've started doing a cartoon with Daily Commercial News (http://tinyurl.com/7qawd5l). After they did a review of 'Look at that Building' it seemed like a natural progression to do a cartoon for them.
Sure wish I was going to Bologna this year but at least I have some artwork on display thanks to the great people at SCBWI - you can go here to see everyone's illustrations: http://tinyurl.com/7fprfx9 I plan to make it again next year for sure. Hope everyone who goes has a great time. 

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 03:05 -  Category: update
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A Month in Hawaii

I don't expect to get a lot of sympathy about this but one of the hard things about spending a month in Hawaii and working on a book is staying in to get it done. When that sun pops up every morning and the sky is bright blue with the sea twinkling in the distance it's all I can do to stop myself from jumping in the car and driving to the beach. But I've devised a plan where I pull the blinds shut and turn on the air conditioner. That way it feels just like Vancouver.  And I wake up early so I really just need to work until noon since that's when Toronto knocks off for the day.
Somehow I'm already halfway through my stay, feels like I just got here. I have been pretty busy but did manage to get some paddle boarding in which is lots of fun. I learned it's actually what surfing used to be until they got rid of the paddle and narrowed the board. So in a way I could say I was surfing... sort of. 
I also joined a great life drawing class.  After talking to a wonderful woman who attends the class (she's a great artist too... tp://www.marijcke.com/) I decided to check it out.  It takes place in the very cool Honolulu Academy of the Arts, a building I always wanted sneak into anyway. So the session was great as was the model.  They have a very nice custom here that we don't do in Vancouver. At the end of each pose everybody claps for the model. Nice.
And to round it out I'm doing yoga which is pretty amazing with the warm breezes blowing in the studio...

Posted on 15 Feb 2011 10:16 -  Category: update
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